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Controversial goal diverts Rovers' run to European play.

Keller, G'ladbach see UEFA Cup hopes fade away.

Convey assists one goal, sets up another as Reading rolls with 5-2 decision over Cardiff.

Convey assists one goal, sets up another as Reading rolls with 5-2 decision over Cardiff.

Convey assists one goal, sets up another as Reading rolls with 5-2 decision over Cardiff.

Cherundolo, Casey meet; Hannover draws 0-0 with FC Mainz.

McBride goal and possible Fulham road win wash away.

McBride goal and possible Fulham road win wash away.

Rossi's 29th goal leads Man. U. reserves' 6-0 rout of City, title hopes..

Watford, Leeds lose ground in their pursuit of promotion.

Keller's strong game helps G'ladbach post 2-1 win over Dortmund.

McBride can't help Fulham from falling 3-1 to Portsmouth; Bocanegra ails.

Cherundolo could be leaving Germany for EPL's Bolton.

Casey scores first goal of season, FSV Mainz draws Hertha 2-2.

Friedel, Blackburn edge Sunderland 1-0, continue to rise in Premier League.

Convey, Hahnemann help Reading draw with Leicester, secure promotion.

Reyna is out 3-4 weeks with shoulder injury; Beasley is hurt.

DeMerit aids Watford climb to third in English League Championship.

Convey goal allows Reading to draw 1-1 with Wolverhampton.

With ailing McBride going 90 minutes, Fulham snaps losing streak, stuns Arsenal 1-0.

Cherundolo's chip helps Hannover 96 to 1-0 win over Colgne.

Friedel makes six saves, Blackburn blanks Aston Villa 2-0.

Americans Abroad

Spector dislocates shoulder in Charlton victory over Portsmouth.

Jonathan Spector
A dislocated shoulder damaged defender Jonathan Spector's World Cup hopes.
-- Charlton Athletic web site photo --
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
and Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)

(Monday, April 17, 2006) -- United States defender Jonathan Spector dislocated his shoulder in a violent collision late in the first half of Charlton Athletic's 2-1 victory over relegation-challenged Portsmouth.

Spector was carted off the field on a stretcher and sent immediately to the hospital with an injury that certainly ended his English Premier League season and cast a doubt on the young American's chances of making the U.S. World Cup squad. A thorough evaluation of the injury has yet to be completed, but Spector might be expected to be out three-to-four weeks. Charlton has three games remaining, while U.S. manager Bruce Arena plans to announce his World Cup roster May 2, though it does not have to be officially submitted until May 15.

U.S. captain and midfielder Claudio Reyna dislocated his left shoulder March 18 in Manchester City's 1-0 EPL loss to Wigan. City officials said Reyna would miss three-to-four weeks and he wound up sidelined for two league matches.

With the game scoreless, Spector and Portsmouth striker Benjani Mwaruwari clashed as they chased a ball in the 38th minute. Spector was replaced by Osei Sankofa.

"Spector popped his shoulder out. He went straight to hospital," Charlton manager Alan Curbishley told the team's web site.

Andres D'Alessandro put Portsmouth ahead 1-0, but Charlton prevailed on goals by Bryan Hughes in the 76th minute and Darren Bent in the 83rd.

Charlton is in 11th place at 13-14-8 with 47 points, but only four points behind seventh-place Newcastle United (15-14-6). Portsmouth (8-19-8, 32 points) stands 17th, one position and three points above the relegation zone.

In the second-tier English League Championship, American defender Frank Simek figured in the opening goal for Sheffield Wednesday, which ended its relegation fears with a 2-0 decision over Brighton. Brighton will be demoted.

Simek fed Deon Burton who hit a low cross that deflected off the shins of Brighton's Gary Hart for an own goal in the eighth minute.

Reading manager Steve Coppell finally rested a number of regulars, including U.S. goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann and midfielder Bobby Convey, but still had little trouble turning back Stoke City 3-1.

Despite clinching the League Championship title and promotion to the EPL, Coppell continued to use his starters while Royals' games still had an impact on promotion and relegation matters.

Reading is 30-2-12 with 102 points, needing a victory and a draw in its final two matches to eclipse the current English second-division record of 105, belonging to Sunderland.

American defender Jay DeMerit went the distance for Watford, which prepared for the four-team playoff for a third promotion invitation by defeating Ipswich Town 2-1. A pair of goals bt Darius Henderson gave Watford its first victory in five matches (1-2-2).

Watford (21-9-14, 77) moved into third place with Leeds United (20-14-9, 69), employer of U.S. midfielder Eddie Lewis, falling to fifth place, pending its match tomorrow at second-place, promotion-bound Sheffield United (25-8-10, 85).

Traditionally, English soccer clubs played full schedules on the Saturday before Easter and then again the day after on the Bank Holiday Monday. Television, however, called for the Leeds-Sheffield match to be played tomorrow and for single EPL matches to be competed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Preston North End (19-6-19, 76) slipped, at least temporarily, into fourth place. Watford, Leeds, North End and sixth-place Crystal Palace (20-12-12, 72) will be the four participants in the promotion playoffs with the pairings not yet set because of the tight standings.

American Zak Whitbread went 90 minutes in the back for last-place Millwall (7-21-16, 37), which fell to Southampton 2-0 and secured its relegation to the third-tier League One next season.

In Denmark's Superligaen, defender Heath Pearce, whose candidacy for the U.S. World Cup squad seems to have ended, went the distance for FC Nordsjślland which drew 2-2 with FC Midtjylland.

American defender Danny Califf, a veteran of six Major League Soccer seasons , five with the Los Angeles Galaxy, also went 90 minutes for Aalborg BK which drew 0-0 with Odense BK. Nordsjślland (8-10-9, 33) is in sixth-place in the 12-team league, but is 32 points behind league-leading FC Kobenhavn (20-2-5). Aalborg (7-10-1, 32) is in ninth place.

Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent. Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes publisher and managing editor.

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